Legends On Deck

Reports: Padres To Sign Shields To 4-Year Deal

James Shields

The saga looks to finally be over as James Shields is being reported to have signed with a team, and the winning club is the San Diego Padres.  Well it really wasn’t that much drama, but trying to figure out who would sign the nine-year vet was a bit tricky.

Reports have it that the Padres were not looking to add any starting pitchers this off season, but with Shields still on the market and spring training about to start in two weeks, they couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to add such a durable arm to their rotation.

So the deal is reported to be worth between $72-76 million for four years with an option for a fifth year.

In 2014, Shields pitched for the Kansas City Royals and helped lead them to an American League crown and a visit to the World Series, which they would lose in seven games to the San Francisco Giants. On the mound the 33-year old right hander was 14-8, with a 3.21 ERA and in his nine year pitching career he is 114-90, with a 3.72 ERA.

Shields would become the ace of the staff and with a revamped lineup, the Padres may have made enough moves this off season to find themselves back in the post season.

So does the signing of Shields make the Padres stronger and guaranteed contenders? Time will tell.

(Photo courtesy of MLB.com)

David Conde
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